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June 27: Strengthening Taiwan’s International Ties: Perspectives from TUPP 2024

June 27: Strengthening Taiwan’s International Ties: Perspectives from TUPP 2024

Thursday, June 27, 2024 from 9:30 – 11:00 AM (EST)

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About this event:

The Global Taiwan Institute (GTI) is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion, “Strengthening Taiwan’s International Ties: Perspectives from TUPP 2024.” 

Following the Democratic Progressive Party’s victory in the 2024 Taiwan presidential election, Taiwan faces even greater pressure from China in regards to its international space and security. As a new administration comes into office, it will be important for Taiwan to continue to build its resiliency through ties—both formal and informal—with its like-minded partners and to bolster Taiwan’s own civil defense capabilities. Featuring perspectives from 2024 participants of the Taiwan-US Policy Program and drawing upon each participants’ unique background expertise, this panel will include discussions of ways in which Taiwan can strengthen its resiliency through international partnerships and corresponding domestic policy.

The Taiwan-US Policy Program (TUPP) is a groundbreaking two-week program that was launched in 2017. Initially designed to enhance the understanding of Taiwan among future US policy leaders, the program was expanded to include future European policy leaders starting in 2022. TUPP consists of two consecutive components: seminars in Washington, DC and a research trip to Taiwan. Organized by the German Marshall Fund (GMF) and co-funded by GTI, the Henry Luce Foundation and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, TUPP provides a unique opportunity for the emerging leaders from the United States and Europe to gain the necessary personal experiences in Taiwan that will enable them to appreciate Taiwan’s perspectives on cross-strait matters, Taiwan’s role in the world, and the importance of US-Taiwan relations.

The panelists include: Alicja Bachulska (European Council on Foreign Relations), Leland Lazarus (Florida International University), Theresa Winter (Friedrich Naumann Foundation), and Brian Volsky (Foreign Policy for America). This event will be moderated by GMF’s Managing Director Bonnie Glaser and GTI Program Manager Adrienne Wu.

The event will be live-streamed on our website and YouTube beginning on Thursday, June 27 at 9:30 AM EST (3:30 CET). Questions for the panel may either be sent by e-mail to contact@globaltaiwan.org, or through the chat function on the YouTube page.

The Panelists:

Alicja Bachulska is a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, based in ECFR’s Warsaw office. Prior to joining ECFR, she worked for over six years as a China analyst at the Asia Research Centre, a think-tank based at the War Studies University in Warsaw. Since 2019, she has been part of MapInfluenCE, an international project researching Chinese and Russian influence in the V4 region. Bachulska holds a PhD from the Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR), Polish Academy of Sciences.

Leland Lazarus is the Associate Director of National Security at FIU’s Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy. An expert on China-Latin America relations, he leads a research team on US-China national security issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Lazarus has served as Special Assistant at US Southern Command and a State Department Foreign Service Officer in China and the Caribbean. Fluent in Mandarin and Spanish, he holds degrees from Brown University and the Tufts Fletcher School. 

Theresa Winter is policy advisor for security and defence policy at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in the Global Themes Department. Prior to that, she worked for the US company Lockheed Martin, focusing on government relations, nuclear sharing, and missile defense. Theresa is extended board member of the network Women in International Security Deutschland (wiis.de). She studied Crisis and Security Management at Leiden University and European Studies at the University of Magdeburg and Brno.

Brian Volsky is the Senior Diplomacy Advisor at Foreign Policy for America, where he leads the organization’s work to strengthen and modernize American diplomacy. Prior to joining FP4A, he worked for the Department of State as a senior investigative counsel in the Office of Inspector General, where he investigated allegations of senior official misconduct and led special reviews into systemic issues impacting the Department and the Foreign Service. Brian has over a decade of US government experience, including as an attorney at the Department of Commerce, where he advised on export control and sanctions law and represented the Bureau of Industry and Security in administrative enforcement actions. He holds a B.A. in International Studies and East Asian Languages & Cultures from Indiana University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. 

The Moderators:

Bonnie S. Glaser is managing director of GMF’s Indo-Pacific program. She is also a nonresident fellow with the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, and a senior associate with the Pacific Forum. She is a co-author of US-Taiwan Relations: Will China’s Challenge Lead to a Crisis (Brookings Press, April 2023). She was previously senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Glaser has worked at the intersection of Asia-Pacific geopolitics and US policy for more than three decades.

Adrienne Chih-fang Wu is a program manager at the Global Taiwan Institute and the host and producer of Taiwan Salon, GTI’s cultural policy and soft power podcast. She is a member of the UC Berkeley US-Taiwan Next Generation Working Group, where she is conducting a research project on the barriers to importing Taiwanese cultural products. Previously a Taiwan Delegate for Strait Talk 2023 at George Washington University, she is currently a Strait Talk facilitator-in-training. Before joining GTI, she graduated from Ritsumeikan University and Kyunghee University with a Dual Master’s Degree in International Relations. She spent seven years living in Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan—including three years of teaching English in Japan and Taiwan and a year of study at Waseda University while pursuing her B.A. in Honors East Asian Studies from McGill University.

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